Coughs

CoughsWhat is a Cough?

Cough is often due to an infection. It is usually the result of having a cold, flue, or asthma. Most people who smoke usually develop a persistent cough.

At times, it can lead to production of a sticky substance known as phlegm.

When this phlegm acquires a greenish or yellowish color, then it indicates the existence of a bacterial infection. Either way, you would have to see your physician.

Coughs that last for more than two weeks are already alarming and one should seek medical attention immediately and go for an X-ray. The same goes if there would already be blood whenever you cough.

 

What Causes Coughs?

When one coughs, it usually means that something which is present in the passages of the respiratory system should not be there in the first place. Breathing in dust particles can cause you to cough. It could also be a sign that infection in the lungs is present.

Some of the things that could cause coughing are:

  • Colds. This is a common cause of acute cough, which usually lasts for less than 3 weeks.
  • Pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, and acute heart failure, are some of the illnesses that cause coughing.
  • Sucking anything into your mouth’s breathing tubes
  • Smoking. This is often the cause of chronic coughing.
  • Asthma. This is very common in children, who only cough but do not wheeze.
  • When stomach acid goes back up.
  • Medicines, especially those that are used to treat heart disease. These are usually referred to as inhibitors.
  • Bacterial or viral lung infections

 

Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Coughs

It cannot be denied that there are foods that could trigger coughs in various individuals. You must therefore be aware of these foods and take the necessary precautions to avoid them. There are also foods that you can eat, which would help in alleviating cough.

Foods to Avoid

  • Avoid cow’s dairy products. Do this for a few days. Try to avoid them all even skimmed milk. If you have a cold, try to avoid even soya milk since this could increase mucus production.
  • Sausage rolls, cakes, biscuits, burgers, and meat pies, must be avoided for at least 2 weeks. This could help your throat in clearing all the mucus. Try to avoid pasta and white bread as well.
  • Foods that contain sugar. Though this may be a hard thing to do especially if you have a sweet tooth, try to avoid sugar-rich foods since these could lower the resistance of your immune system.

Friendly Foods

  • Water. You must drink plenty of water every single day. This could help keep your throat well-lubricated.
  • Manuka honey (1tsp before every meal). This also helps in coating the throat and has antiseptic properties as well.
  • Pineapples. This helps in loosening up the mucus, making it easier for you to breathe. Aside from pineapples, you could also have fresh pear juice. This could also help ease your cough.
  • If you feel like you get tight-chested because of the cough, then you can try adding ginger, cayenne, or horseradish to your meals.
  • Liquorice. You can have this in the form of tea or you can have a pure liquorice juice stick. This can be a very soothing remedy for your cough.
  • Fresh thyme tea. This could help in easing the cough and in fact has been historically used for whooping cough.
  • Fresh vegetables. These foods are rich in vitamins and minerals that are good for your body.
  • Fish, grains, pulses, and fresh fruit could greatly help.
  • Drink herbal teas. You can opt for lemon and ginger.
  • Organic rice milk. This could be the best substitute for cow’s dairy milk.
  • Live and low-fat yoghurt. This could help in boosting the presence of friendly bacteria in the gut.

Useful Remedies

  • Comvita propolis elixir. This contains tea tree, propolis, and Manuka honey. This helps in boosting your immune system.
  • Mullein formula (1ml – 3ml a day). This is a combination of expectorant and anti-viral herbs, thereby creating a great cough mixture.
  • Bioforce Ivy-Thyme Complex Tincture. This must be taken as directed.
  • Zinc lozenges. You can have one in every 3 – 4 hours. This would help in easing the discomfort of having a sore throat. It would also reduce the tickling feeling of the cough in the throat. You can now find Zinc lozenges that also have the Vitamins A and C, echinacea, slippery elm, and bee propolis.
  • Olive leaf extract. This acts just like a natural antibiotic. This has been very useful for problems in the respiratory system. While the symptoms last, it is best to take 3 capsules daily.
  • Multi-vitamin. This is highly recommended if you have cough.
  • Colloidal silver can be used as your gargle or sprayed directly into your throat.

More Useful Hints

  • If you are stressed and you began wheezing, then you might have asthma. This is also the same if you started wheezing right after eating some foods.
  • If you started exercising but have given up on the idea due to being tight-chested after exercising, then take Vitamin C, about 2 grams daily. Aconite 6c can help in preventing cough.
  • Try to keep a food diary. This way, you may be able to note down when symptoms were worse. You may also find out what foods you may be allergic too. Try to avoid wheat and sugar-based foots
  • Try to dilute a few drops of the sweet marjoram and frankincense essential oils in a grapeseed oil base, then gently massage this to your back and chest in order to encourage deeper breathing.
  • Take two tablespoons of aloe vera juice daily. This could help in soothing your throat and also boosting your immune system.
  • Do not smoke. If you smoke, you would not be able to stop coughing.
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